(SoapOperaNetwork.com) — In 2005, drama teacher Lisa Glide appeared on the verge of a promising acting career, with small roles on “Dawson’s Creek” and the ABC soaps “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” However all that changed this week, when she plead guilty to having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.
In an article posted on the New Jersey On-Line News Website, which first broke the story, the 35-year old Glide was accussed of engaging in a four month sexual relationship with one of her male students last year. The Howell Township, New Jersey resident, and teacher at Old Bridge High School, admitted on Wednesday to New Brunswick Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa, that she and the student had sexual encounters on two separate occassions, neither of which were reportedly on school property.
Pleading guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in the fourth degree, Glide could be sentenced up to 364 days in the Middlesex County Jail. Formal sentencing will be held in August. In addition, she has also agreed to forfeit her teaching certificate and recuse herself from re-applying for certification at any New Jersey public school. And, as per her plea agreement, Glide is to be place on probation for five years, receive counseling, and have only supervised contact with males under the age of 18.
Since Glide pleaded guilty to the charges, Christie Bevacqua, the Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor, stated the state went with the lesser endangering charge of the fourth degree rather than the third, and dropped the second-degree sexual assualt charge, all because “the victim wanted to be spared having to testify.” The student, who was 17 at the time of his affair with Glide, graduated from the school last June and is said to be “fine with this plea agreement.”
As the school’s drama teacher, Glide was frequently in charge of organizing plays and rehearsels. Last December, she was arrested, and later suspended, after details of the relationship leaked out. Glide had been a teacher at the high school since 2004. The sexual rendezous with her student were believed to have taken place between February and May of last year.
Glide embarked on her career in education in 1999 as a substitute teacher in Weehawken, New Jersey. In 2000, she was employed by Jersey City schools, and by the Marlboro Township School District the following year. Majoring in theater at Montclair State University, she studied acting at Lee Strasberg Theater Institute, Glide earned $50,943 annually as a teacher at Old Bridge High School.
In a 2005 interview with the Old Bridge newspaper “The Suburban,” Glide discussed her budding acting career, which included bit parts on the daytime dramas “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” along with a guest shot on “Dawson’s Creek.” The interview was conducted following Glide’s directing of the high school’s production of Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite.”
To read the full New Jersery On-line report, click here.